Succinic anhydride

Agent Name
Succinic anhydride
CAS Number
Major Category
Plastics & Rubber
Succinic anhydride formula graphical representation
2,5-Diketotetrahydrofuran; 2,5-Furandione, dihydro-; Bernsteinsaure-anhydrid [German]; Butanedioic anhydride; Dihydro-2,5-furandione; Rikacid SA; Succinic acid anhydride; Succinyl anhydride; Succinyl oxide; Tetrahydro-2,5-dioxofuran; Tetrahydro-2,5-furandione; [ChemIDplus]
Acid Anhydrides, Cyclic
Colorless or light-colored solid; [Hawley] Odorless; [HSDB] White crystalline solid; [MSDSonline]
Used as an acidulant and dehydrating agent (food processing), cross-linking agent (epoxy resins and ion exchange membranes), and in gas and water treatment; Also used to make adhesives, paint drying oils, dyes, pharmaceuticals, esters, elastomers (cable coverings and extruded articles), hardeners for resins, starch modifiers in foods, succinylated monoglyceride food emulsifiers, silver haloid photographic emulsions, detergents, cosmetics, plant growth regulators, textiles, surface-active agents, lubricant additives, fire-retardants for paper, insect repellants, and herbicides; [HSDB]
A skin, eye, and respiratory tract irritant; [HSDB] May cause blisters and burns to skin; [CAMEO] "The substance is severely irritating to the eyes and is irritating to the respiratory tract." [ICSC] An irritant (severe to eyes); [MSDSonline] See "ACID ANHYDRIDES."
Biomedical References

Exposure Assessment

Vapor Pressure
0.0015 mm Hg
Explanatory Notes
Flash point = 157 deg C; [ICSC]

Adverse Effects

Skin burns
IARC Carcinogen
Not classifiable

Diseases, Processes, and Activities Linked to This Agent